About 51 kilometers or a couple of hours away from Quezon City via the Marikina-Infanta Highway is a placed called Treasure Mountain Educational Campsite. It’s a fairly new campsite in Tanay, Rizal and only started to accept guests in 2016.
What’s cool about this place? Trekking is not required but you still get to witness their beautiful “sea of clouds“.
You could go there using a motorcycle, tricycle or any vehicle that could pass through rough and muddy road. But don’t ever attempt to use a small car as you could end up getting stuck in the mud which could ruin your visit.
But if you do prefer to trek, the property is about 1.5 kilometers away from the main road which will take you approximately 45 minutes to reach.
The place is open for overnight camping and if you don’t have your own tent, there are available tents and sleeping mats to rent. The staff can assist you if you don’t know how to put up your tent.
Camping there is great because you get to see fireflies, clear view of the night sky, and when you wake up in the morning, that’s when the sea of clouds starts to appear below the mountains. There is also a fire pit for bonfires. It’s a great way for family and friends to experience camping.
You could also rent a bedspace if camping is not your thing.
Note that if you plan to spend the night in the campsite, you are required to make reservations.
As it is up in the mountains, there is no electricity service yet but the place is run by solar energy and a generator. Mobile reception for Globe and Sun Cellular is surprisingly good here so you could still update your Facebook friends.
Food is not a problem. There is a small store inside the property and if you want, you could ask the staff to cook meals for you and your family. They also offer native goat cooked in four ways (kinilaw, papaitan, sinampalukan, kalderata).
Other amenities includes barbecue area, kitchen, comfort rooms, small swimming pool and videoke.
For the most updated rates, visit Treasure Mountain’s Facebook page here.
How To Get There?
You can go the place using Google Maps or Waze app.
VIA PRIVATE TRANSPORT
Route 1 via Marcos Highway: Travel through Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-boso Resort, Foremost Farms, Palo Alto, and Garden Cottages. The way to Treasure Mountain will be on the left side of the road, you’ll see a waiting shed. It’s the same jump-off as the Maysawa Circuit (Mt. Sapari and Mt. Binutasan) From the waiting shed, you’re just 1.5 kilometers away from Treasure Mountain.
Route 2 via Sampaloc in Tanay: Pass by the street to Daranak Falls. Go straight until you arrive at a junction and then, turn left. Following the scenic road, it will be a 45-minute to 1-hour drive. You’ll pass by Sierra Madre Resort on your right, Ten Cents To Heaven on your left, then Pico de Pino on your right. As you pass over Pico de Pino, you’re already near so drive a little further. Treasure Mountain will be on your right side. Turn right as you see a waiting shed or the jump-off of Maysawa Circuit (Mt. Sapari and Mt. Binutasan).
VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Route 1 via Cogeo: Take a van or jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 or Padilla. Get off at Gate 2 and ride a jeepney bound to Sampaloc, Tanay. Jeepneys going to Sampaloc, Tanay will also travel via Marcos Highway, the same route as with the private transport. Therefore, be mindful of the landmarks that you’ll passed by. Get-off at Sitio Maysawa, waiting shed or the jump-off to the Maysawa Circuit. From there, you may go on a 45-min walk to Treasure Mountain or wait for a tricycle or “habal-habal” to accompany you here.
NOTE: The last trip of jeepneys bound to Sampaloc, Tanay is at around 5 or 6 pm.
Route 2 via Tanay: Take a jeepney going to Tanay town proper. From Tanay Public Market, you’ll ride a jeepney that go directly to Cuyambay. If here’s no available jeepneys that travels directly to Cuyambay, take a jeepney to Sampaloc and get off at the junction. From there, ride another jeepney bound to Cogeo. You’ll get off at Sitio Maysawa or Maysawa Circuit. Alternately, you may hire a tricycle at Sampaloc to accompany you directly to Treasure Mountain. Hiring a tricycle will cost you P500 for 4 persons.
When you get-off at Sitio Maysawa waiting shed, note there are registered tricycle or habal-habal services going to Treasure Mountain. Look for the driver’s registered ID to be sure.
Tricycle or Habal-habal fare is P50 per person as of Sep 2017.
Enjoy and happy camping!